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Racial Equality Strategy

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with the implementation of the Racial Equality Strategy. (96137)

The First Annual Implementation Action Plan for the Strategy was published on 27 April 2006, alongside the Triennial Action Plan to implement "A Shared Future: Policy and Strategic Framework for Good Relations in Northern Ireland". The Action Plan was drawn up in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Racial Equality Forum and contains a wide range of commitments from each of the Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office. The First Implementation Action Plan was placed in the Libraries of the Houses of Parliament in May 2006, as was the Triennial Action Plan for "A Shared Future".

There will be an annual report to Ministers and the Northern Ireland Assembly or, in the absence of devolution, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on progress towards implementation of both the Racial Equality Strategy and "A Shared Future".